ForkLift free download for Mac


12 June 2019

Powerful file manager: FTP, SFTP, WebDAV, S3, and more.


ForkLift is a powerful file manager and ferociously fast FTP client clothed in a clean and versatile UI that offers the combination of absolute simplicity and raw power expected from a well-executed Mac software.

ForkLift will connect to any remote server SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, Backblaze B2, Google Drive, Rackspace CloudFiles, SMB, AFP and NFS shares on your local network,- pretty much anything you can plug into or hook up to a Mac. ForkLift also carries a complete toolbox for managing your files, including Folder Synchronization, Multi-Rename, Archive handling, Application deleter, editing files over remote connections and many more. All these power features are packaged into a Finder-like, dual-pane interface that delivers superior workflow while remaining absolutely familiar to use, along with Quick Look, Spotlight search and all.

  • Completely rewritten entirely in Swift
  • ForkLift Mini
  • Two-way Sync
  • Preview
  • Quick Open
  • Multi Rename
  • Dark Mode
  • Dual Pane split vertically or horizontally
  • Favorite Sync via Dropbox
  • Dropbox Support
  • Transfer bandwidth throttling
  • Tags Support
  • Disklet
  • Sync Browsing
  • Tabs
  • Search by name, extention, kind, tags, or content
  • Quick Select
  • App Deleter
  • Remote Editing
  • Archive Management
  • Keyboard Control
  • Workspaces
  • FXP Copy
  • Tools
  • Git Support
  • Open in Terminal, iTerm, or Hyper
  • Hidden Files
  • Share
  • Possible to set as default file viewer
  • File Compare with FileMerge, Kaleidoscope, Beyond Compare, and Araxis Merge support
  • Multilingual: English, German, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian

What's new in ForkLift

Version 3.3.4:
  • Italian localization
  • Search in HoudahSpot - Requires the HoudahSpot app which can be downloaded from here
  • Improved workspace handling - When a workspace is opened, the old tabs get closed and the tabs of the saved workspace open in the ForkLift window
  • Drag and Drop to Symlink and Alias
  • Missing localization of column headers in some languages
  • Some localization issues
  • Possible upload errors which occurred when high number of files were being uploaded simultaneously to Google Drive
  • Some display issues of truncated texts in some languages
  • ForkLift doesn’t display the same app multiple times in the Open with context menu if it is present multiple times in the OS
  • An issue during Sync which caused the recalculation of the remaining time, size and speed for every folder being synced
  • An issue in the Multi-rename window where replacing text was not possible if the Occurrences field was set to All
  • An issue where hidden files were not visible on certain FTP servers
  • Some performance improvements and numerous minor and improvements

Requirements for ForkLift

  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later

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17 September 2009

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I bought this app as part of the December 2007 MacUpdate Promo Bundle and in all that time it has been steadily maintained and consistently improved by the developers, yet they haven't once asked for more money. Contrast that with two other great programs that were sold in the same bundle: 1. RapidWeaver, who months later, bumped up the version number and wanted an upgrade fee from its users. 2. Yep, who went for a ridiculously long amount of time (a year, I think) before doing any maintenance whatsoever on their app (so long, in fact, I wondered if it had been abandoned) and then recently had the nerve to bump the version up and also stick their hands out for an upgrade fee. Now don't get me wrong: I believe in supporting the company's whose products I use, but I also don't like to feel like I've been had. All three of these apps are excellent at what they do, but if you want excellence AND devs who are honest, hard-working, and care about their users, then look no further. ForkLift delivers. ForkLift is, imo, the best ftp app around and it's well-worth the investment. You will get your money's worth if you buy this app.
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Version 1.7.5
05 September 2019
As a very faithful used of Transmit (which has lately given me problems) , I've completely moved to ForkLift for my server needs. AND I've made the switch form PathFinder as well, I always thought it a bit weird to use an ftp client as a Finder replacement.. but it's great having just "one app to do it all". This terminal command: defaults write -g NSFileViewer -string com.binarynights.ForkLift-3 ("antidote" is: defaults delete -g NSFileViewer) works to turn ForkLift into the default viewer, meaning Finder can be quit (just as I could with PathFinder). I just wish we could have colored icons as an option in the Sidebar and shortcut to focus between panels.
Version 3.3.4
08 June 2019
I'm very sorry to report that Forklift just made ~100 gigs of data disappear on one of my HDs. I was doing a "move" operation on a disk (source and new destination was on the same disk) with just about no disk space left. It didn't succeed with the error message that "there is no space left to copy" the items ( wasn't even doing a copy operation), and boom just like that the source folders were gone. So just be careful.
Version 3.3.3
2 answer(s)
08 June 2019
I wanna follow up with that a repair on that disk restored the files tho.
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11 June 2019
We are really sorry that this happened to you. Nobody has reported a problem like this before. Could you please contact us at support [at] binarynights [dot] com so that we can investigate this issue?
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Harry Flashman
03 April 2019
There is a lot to like about Forklift and it's a capable app, but for the life of me I do not understand why it doesn't allow you to label files and folders on a server with colours, so they are easily identified to avoid deletion by mistake.

When working on a website with a lot of content, including folders for images, fonts, videos and other assets that shouldn't be touched, it is so much more fiddly using Forklift than Yummy. Fixing that would be a big step forward.
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Version 3.3.3
01 February 2019
A really great software, which is not only versatile, but also very practical. I especially want to praise the support. I had a problem editing files on the server. The problem was then quickly fixed with an update. The guys and girls are awesome and I am very happy about this software. I earn my bread mainly with webdesign and it has become one of my most important tools. Thanks Forklift.
Version 3.3
1 answer(s)
08 May 2019
I've had some Forklift issues, and sent a few emails to support over about a month. Not a single response (and yes, I checked my spam folder). So count me as a customer very disappointed in their support. For now I'll hold off on a low review, since I see here multiple reports of quick replies.
15 January 2019
Very good SFTP client, fast and reliable. Although I have a Transmit license as well I find myself using ForkLift more and more. I have some servers where Transmit is "Preparing" and "Listing" whereas Forklift connects directly and transfers immediately. I have contacted Bogdan(the developer) twice and have always received a quick and helpfull reply.
Version 3.3
Andreas B.
24 December 2018
Forklift ist eine exzellente Software. Ich verwende sie täglich und bin sehr zufrieden. Der Dateimanager ist extrem mächtig und sehr gut anpassbar (z.B. Tastenkürzel) und dennoch einfach zu bedienen. Forklift ist Dimensionen angenehmer zu verwenden als der Finder. Was aber schätze ich ganz besonders? Die Art und Weise wie Forklift kontinuierlich und sorgfältig weiterentwickelt wird. Ich habe mehrere Male schon den Entwicklern einen konstruktiven und konkreten Vorschlag unterbreitet. Sie gingen jedesmal engagiert und klar darauf ein. Ein solcher Umgang mit Feedback ist ein Freude. Auch dafür mein herzlicher Dank an die Entwickler. Ich kann Forklift in jeder Hinsicht empfehlen. Es gibt nur sehr wenige andere Werkzeug, die ich in dieser umfassende Weise loben kann.
Version 3.2.9
26 November 2018
Was look for a 64bit replacement for dear old Fetch which is 32bit & did a lot of research into 64bit FTP clients. For me, it boiled down to a 2 horse race—ForkLift or Transmit (they like their heavy-duty moving equipment analogies, don't they, what with the truck & forklift logos?!) Would have been happy with both, but in the end plumped for ForkLift & am not disappointed. The features are great, the speed is awesome & I like the dual window. I use it in dark mode (the only program I do) to help me distinguish it from other windows & that works a treat, All-in-all, a first class app—best in class (probably along with Transmit which is $15 more and doesn't give you a trial).
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Version 3.2.9
22 November 2018
The best file manger and cloud service management in the market , this software is simply works and replace your finder with a great features. Dual panel , connecting sftp and ftp protocol , awsome dark mode and the most advanced features are the quick look for apps , patch renamer and quick preview and edit and many more . Also their website will help you replace your finder with forklift view. It's an awesome app for mac that any one must have .
Version 3.2.9
05 November 2018
The application is nice. It does not work too badly, but a few hiccups from time to time ... For cons, I sent three emails of questions to support without ever returning: it is not possible nowadays! ... I used ForkLift under Sierra to completely replace the Finder and have a dark mode: now that I'm under Mojave, I only use ForkLift for some FTP transfers ... and that's it! ... More confidence in this software, unfortunately.
Version 3.2.8
1 answer(s)
07 November 2018
Finally, the publisher responded to my emails and the latest version 3.2.9 seems to work well. A very good thing... ;-)
04 October 2018
If i have found a bug(or it is an feature?) like drag file to text editor not work after 3.2.7 update, should i leave comment here or via email?
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Version 3.2.7
2 answer(s)
05 October 2018
Thanks for reporting. This is a known issue and we are working on it. You can contact us by sending an email to
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30 January 2019
Thanks for reporting this here - I was wondering the same thing. Appears to be resolved in version 3.3. A joy to use this well-crafted app from such a responsive developer.


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